This weekend offers an absolute embarrassment of riches for things to do in Lexington, Kentucky. Boomslang, Gallery Hop, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, and Oktoberfest are all happening at the same time, but if you plan judiciously and consult the aceweekly.com calendar regularly, you should be able to make a substantial dent in Lexington's cultural landscape this weekend. In the quiet moments, if you can find any, you will also want to pause and read the new book, Will Oldham on Bonnie Prince Billy; check out the new CD from veteran Lexington songwriter Paul K; have a donut at the Saturday Grand Opening of North Lime Coffee and Donuts; and drop in to the Kentucky Theatre to see
Killer Joe The Master or Sleepwalk with Me.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
WRFL and UK present Boomslang, kicking off Thursday with Jeff Mangum at the Kentucky Theatre. Boomslang's late show will be Das Racist at Cosmic Charlie's. Raj Ranade has previewed this year's lineup on page 12 in print, and here. Check back often for his Live Coverage. (You can read more of Raj's Summer 2012 Pitchfork Festival coverage here, including his interview with the late Bill Doss of the Olivia Tremor Control.)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21 2012
The great thing about Gallery Hop? So much incredible art to see in a few hours in Lexington. The nightmare thing about Gallery Hop? So much incredible art to see in a two-hour span! It's a tough field to choose from this Friday, but we hope you'll kick off the Hop with the Ace crew and Rideout Photography at West Sixth Brewing, at the corner of Jefferson and West Sixth, for the Second Shot: Cameras for a Cause one-night-only pop up gallery. Every donor to this campaign will get their photo snapped by the incredible Rideout Photography duo, so make this your first stop -- when you still look all fresh and sparkly. Conveniently located next door (also in the Bread Box building), Cricket Press is curating a poster show that's also a Must See, No Greater Task: Art and Activism for Appalachia. And downtown, the Art League is having an Art pARTy at Cheapside Square.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
It will be hard to find a prettier fall afternoon than Oktoberfest on the Christ the King campus. Walk off the brats and dogs by heading over to Chevy Chase for the Empty Bowls project benefiting Moveable Feast. (Your donation gets you a one-of-a-kind bowl, so even if you're not hungry, stop in for the Art and a good cause.)
Also in the great-eating-for-a-great-cause category is HarvestFest, benefiting Seedleaf.
Saturday evening, one of the first ladies of food, Ruth Reichl, will deliver the keynote address at this year's Kentucky Women Writers Conference.
And while Boomslang is definitely the big music news this weekend, Jim Lauderdale will wrap up Oktoberfest at 9:30 Saturday night, and is a longtime Ace favorite. (If you like Elvis Costello with a dash of George Jones -- or vice versa -- you will love Jim Lauderdale.)
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
The Jesus and Mary Chain wrap up Boomslang.
Tremé's third season premieres Sunday, September 23 on HBO. Keep an eye on the credits this season. Kentucky native and author Chris Offutt has penned Episode 6 (following up successful turns on HBO's True Blood and Showtime's Weeds).
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GIGS and CONCERTS Lexington, Kentucky Music Listings THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20 Small Batch | The Low Down Dirty Hustlers 9 pm, Al’s Bar Avery Crabtree Band 9.30 pm, Austin City Saloon Big Maracas 5 pm Thursday Night Live, Cheapside Park BOOMSLANG: Das Racist | Apollo Brown 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Relic Delic 10 pm , Green Lantern Chris Campbell 8 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House BOOMSLANG: Jeff Mangum | The Music Tapes | William Tyler 7 pm, KY Theatre Will Solomon 8 pm, Natasha’s The Throwback 8.30 pm, Parlay Social Ronn Crowder 7 pm, The Secret Bar & Grill Brian “BC” Carrion 10 pm, Tin Roof Kentucky Hoss Cats 8 pm, Willie’s Locally Known FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21 Devine Carama presents Brown Sugar Hip Hop Showcase 9 pm, Al’s Bar The Edifice Complex | Arizona Bay 8 pm, The Attic Bar Avery Crabtree Band 10 pm, Austin City Saloon Owen Grise 9.30 pm, Bigg Blue Martini Hayner & Smiley 10.30 pm, Cocktails Bar and Grill Boomslang: Deerhoof | Apache Relay | Buke & Gase | Five Knives 8 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Al Green 8 pm, EKU Center Plan B 9 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House Boomslang: Oneohtrix Point Never w/ XAMBUCA 11 pm, Land of Tomorrow The Mercy Beat, Lynagh’s Pub Bruce Lewis 9 pm, Natasha’s Still Kickin’ 9.30 pm, Parlay Social Slacker Jedi 9 pm, The Secret Bar & Grill Brian “BC” Carrion 10 pm, Tin Roof Downtown County Band | Kentucky Hoss Cats 8 pm, Willie’s Locally Known SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 Coyotes In Boxes | We Play Music | Sly Roosevelt 9 pm, Al’s Bar Avery Crabtree Band 10 pm, Austin City Saloon Boomslang: Cloud Nothings | Futurebirds | Sleeping Bag | Girl in a Coma 1 pm, Bar Lexington Ben Lacy 9.30 pm, Bigg Blue Martini Boomslang’s Doomslang: Saint Vitus | Weedeater | White Hills 8 pm, Buster’s Boomslang’s Queerslang: L1EF | Skeleton Head | The Younger Lovers 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s The Ghost Wolves 9 pm, Green Lantern Plan B 9 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House The Eric Cummins Band, Lynagh’s Pub Alma Gitana 9 pm, Natasha’s Ali & The Gringo 9.30 pm, Parlay Social Up on Bloks 9 pm, The Secret Bar & Grill Velvet Water | The Swells 8 pm, Willie’s Locally Known SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 Boomslang: Negativland | EnVaGe | DAC 6 pm, Black Box Theatre Mary Gauthier | Egon Danielson 8 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Boomslang: The Jesus & Mary Chain | Dinosaur Feathers | Gary War 8 pm, Buster’s After hours with Embrace 6.30 pm, Al’s Bar Kentucky Hoss Cats 10 pm, Austin City Saloon The Henry Clay People | Palisades 11 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24 Woodsongs Radio: Pert Near Sandstone | Sarah McQuaid 6.45 pm, Kentucky Theatre Jerome Scott | Roger Hardin 8 pm, Natasha’s TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 Off With Their Heads | TBA 9 pm, Buster’s Jason Tyler Burton 9 pm, Natasha’s Florida Georgia Line 7.30 pm, Tin Roof WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 26 Red Barn Radio: The Velvet Blue 7 pm, ArtsPlace The Rooster’s Crow 9 pm, Natasha’s THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27 Big Maracas | Yellow Dog Jazz Band | Big Swells 9 pm, Al’s Bar Scott Said & Backroads 9.30 pm, Austin City Saloon Coralee and the Townies 5 pm Thursday Night Live, Cheapside Park Cadillac Church 9 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House Lipbone Redding 9 pm, Natasha’s Ronn Crowder 7 pm, The Secret Bar & Grill Barefoot Renegades 10 pm, Tin Roof VENUES Al`s Bar 601 Limestone St 859.252.9104 ArtsPlace 161 N. Mill Street The Attic Bar 2628 Richmond Rd. 859.268.0332 Atomic Café 265 Limestone St. 859-254-1969 Austin City Saloon 2350 Woodhill Drive 859.266.6891 Bar Lexington: 373 East Main St. 859-523-7694 Bigg Blue Martini 369 W. Vine St. 859.231.9000 Black Box Theater 141 E. Main St. 859.225.0370 Bogart`s at Crowne Plaza 1375 S. Broadway 859.255.4281 Buster`s Billiards & Backroom 899 Manchester St. 859.368.8871 Campus Pub 393 Waller Ave 859.231.0957 The Cellar 3256 Lansdowne Drive 859.317.8301 Cheapside 131 Cheapside 859.254.0046 Chevy Chase Inn 833 East Euclid Ave. 859.266.9422 Common Grounds 343 E. High St. 859.233.9761 Coffee Times Coffee House: 2571 Regency Rd. 859-277-9410 Cosmic Charlie`s 388 Woodland Ave. 859.309.9499 Giuseppe`s: 4456 Nicholasville Rd. 859-272-4269 Grapevine 4101 Tates Creek Rd. 859.273.7788 Green Lantern 497 W. Third St. 859.252.9539 Henry Clay’s Public House 112 N. Upper Street Horse and Barrel at DeSha`s 101 N. Broadway 859.259.3771 The Julep Cup 111 Woodland Ave 859-226-0300 Kentucky Theatre 214 East Main Street 859.231.6997 Land of Tomorrow 527 E. Third Street Lynagh`s Irish Pub 384 Woodland Ave. 859.255.1292 Malibu Pub and Grill 239 Surfside Dr. 859.278.9003 Natasha`s 112 Esplanade 859.259.2754 O`Neill`s Irish Pub 2051 Richmond Rd. 859.266.4488 Parlay Social 257 W. Short Street The Secret Bar and Grill 841 Lane Allen Road 859.317.8673 Shamrocks Bar and Grill154 N. Patchen Dr. 859.269.7621 ShowMe’s Restaurant: 1973 Bryant Rd. - 859-317-8625 Southside Pub 3650 Boston Rd. 859.223.4775 Squires Tavern 3429 Buckhorn Dr. 859.317.8887 Tee Dee's Club 266 E Second St 859.335.8440 Tin Roof 303 S. Limestone St. 859.317.9111 Two Keys Tavern 333 S. Limestone St. 859.254.5000 Vue 201 E. Main Street, 15th Floor Willie’s Locally Known 805 N. Broadway